Man faces jail after mass brawl at Halifax pub

Bradford Crown Court
Bradford Crown Court

A Bradford man has been warned he faces a prison sentence after a jury found him guilty of being involved in a disturbance at a Halifax pub.

The fighting inside the Old Cock pub in the town centre last September was captured on CCTV equipment and a jury at Bradford Crown Court was shown footage of male and female customers trying to get out of the way as the violence erupted.

During the disturbance Andrew Wilson was struck in the face with a bottle and prosecutor Duncan Ritchie told the jury that the man responsible for that attack had already admitted a charge of wounding.

The court heard that in total seven men had pleaded guilty to a charge of violent disorder arising out of the disturbance, but 31-year-old Daniel Wright, of Cutler Place, Bradford, pleaded not guilty to the allegation.

Mr Ritchie alleged that the CCTV footage showed Wright joining in the violence on two occasions as Mr Wilson and his friend Charlie Harris were being attacked.

He alleged that Wright threw a punch at Mr Harris before being pulled back and later ran towards the complainant again with a clenched fist.

Today (Wednesday) the jury found Wright guilty of violent disorder and Recorder Duncan Smith told him that a prison sentence was almost inevitable.

But Wright was granted bail for the preparation of a pre-sentence report and he will be sentenced together with the other defendants in the case on a date to be confirmed.